PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College wrestling team will begin the 2017-18 season as the 18th ranked team in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25, released on October 20th, 2017.
"It's always nice to be mentioned in the rankings but we have a lot of work ahead and that's where our focus lies," said Storm head coach Kevin Hoogenboom.
Lake Erie comes into the 2017-18 season after finishing 28th at the NCAA Division II Championships, held in Birmingham, Alabama. The Storm had five wrestlers compete at Nationals with Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) earning All-American honors after a 5th place finish.
"We are excited to start wrestling soon," added Hoogenboom. "We will be relying on some of younger wrestlers to step in after losing some seniors to graduation and the redshirt of All-American, Nick Boggs."
In the individual rankings, four Lake Erie wrestlers found themselves ranked for the preseason poll.
Blake Glogouski (New Paris, Ind. / Fairfield) begins his sophomore campaign, ranked sixth at 125 pounds. Glogouski was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-GLIAC while wrestling in his first NCAA Championships. Glogouski was ranked seventh in the final NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association individual rankings in March.
Forrest Glogouski (New Paris, Ind. / Fairfield) starts the 2017-18 season as the 11th-ranked wrestler in the 133 pound weight class.
Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) improved on his final 2016-17 individual ranking as he is ranked seventh at 165 pounds. Vandermeer finished ninth in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association individual rankings last season. He appeared in his third straight NCAA Championships last season.
Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) is the fourth Storm wrestler that was ranked in the preseason NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association rankings. Hughes is slotted seventh in the 184 pound weight class after a 12th place finish in the final 2016-17 poll. He was named Second Team All-GLIAC along with making an appearance at the NCAA Championships.
The Storm will unofficially open the season with the Black and Green Scrimmage this Saturday (Oct. 28) at the Osborne Center, beginning at 1:00 PM. The official start to the season will take place on November 3rd as the Storm travels to Kent State for a tri-meet. Lake Erie will face Division I Kent State and Mercyhurst North East.